in France they finally surpass diesel with some curiosities

In September, the French electric car market is doing quite well and is even allowing itself to overtake diesel engines! With a market share of 13% since the start of the year, electric cars continue to rise.

In August 2022, the Renault Megane E-Tech was the best-selling car in all of France. In the month of September 2022, it is still the same model that is in first place on the podium, ahead of the Tesla Model 3 and Dacia Spring. But overall, the first three places in 2022 go to the Peugeot e-208, Dacia Spring and Fiat 500.

ID. Buzz and Model Y: the two curiosities

Interesting fact: Volkswagen ID. Buzz has started its introduction in France, as evidenced by AAA Data’s registration figures. He has registered five Volkswagen vans, probably intended for dealers or the press fleet. So be patient, the station wagon of the future is about to arrive.

Another striking fact: the Tesla Model 3 is sold much more in France than its SUV counterpart, the Tesla Model Y. In fact, it sells almost twice as many Model 3s as the Model Y. It is a completely opposite situation that occurs in Europe, since in As of August 2022, Tesla’s SUV sold twice as many copies as the sedan version. And this situation should be strengthened drastically, with the arrival of the “affordable” Model Y Propulsion in the coming months.

Electric before diesel in France

Measured in terms of market share, the electric car continues to increase by 13 per cent. A high number, but must be put into perspective, as it is 20% in Europe. In France, diesel has just fallen behind electric. This moment was expected this summer, so it came a little later than expected. But petrol is still the leader with a market share of 38%.

Electric cars represented 140,848 sales between January and September 2022 in France, an increase of 32% compared to the same period last year. A figure to be compared with the 76,937 plug-in hybrid models sold in France during the first nine months of the year.

Are SUVs and plug-in hybrids obsolete?

Hybrids (rechargeable or not) have a market share of 28%, but down as 18% fewer rechargeable hybrids have been sold. It must be said that they are less popular with less favorable taxation and Europe’s desire to eradicate them in the long term.

Often pointed out, SUVs do not represent a majority share of electric cars: 32,131 units have been sold since January 2022, compared to 90,136 in the sedan format. But in the plug-in hybrid segment, it’s a different matter, with 112,804 sold in SUV form for a total of 141,001 units sold in 2021.

But where are the real French cars?

If the Renault Megane E-Tech and Zoé are produced in France, this is not the case with the Tesla Model 3, which is produced in China, just like the Dacia Spring. The Peugeot e-208 is produced in Slovakia and the Renault Twingo E-Tech in Slovenia. In Europe, 20% of electric cars sold in August 2022 were produced in China.

Top 20 electric cars in September 2022

Here is the list of the 20 best-selling electric cars (registrations) in France in September 2022.

Car Number of registrations
RENAULT MEGANE E-TECH 2,897
TESLA MODEL 3 2.202
DACIA SPRING 2,170
PEUGEOT e-208 2,129
RENAULT TWINGO E-Tech 1,387
Fiat 500 1,269
TESLA MODEL Y 1,261
RENAULT ZOE 1,117
PEUGEOT e-2008 867
VOLKSWAGEN ID.3 632
MINI COOPER SE 616
HYUNDAI KONA Electric 549
KIA NIRO EV 461
VOLKSWAGEN ID.4 393
VOLVO XC40 357
THE CITROEN E-C4 286
OPEL MOKKA-E 284
SKODA ENYAQ iV 272
KIA EV6 257
DS 3 CROSSBACK E-TENSE 220

Top 20 electric cars in 2022

Here is the list of the 20 best-selling electric cars (registrations) in France, between January and September 2022.

Car Number of registrations
PEUGEOT e208 14 108
DACIA SPRING 13,022
Fiat 500 12,454
RENAULT TWINGO 10,702
RENAULT ZOE 10,632
TESLA MODEL 3 10,265
RENAULT MEGANE-E 9,154
TESLA MODEL Y 5,974
PEUGEOT e2008 5,481
HYUNDAI KONA ELECTRIC 4,781
MINI COOPER SE 3,776
KIA NIRO EV 3,409
THE CITROEN E-C4 3,249
KIA EV6 2,452
VOLKSWAGEN ID.3 2.124
MG ZS 2,060
OPEL CORSA-E 1,845
OPEL MOKKA-E 1,834
SKODA ENYAQ iV 1,750
NISSAN LEAF 1,711

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